Skilled health care professionals have always been essential to a thriving society. The United States hosts some of the most cutting-edge innovations in medicine and patient care around the world. As medical technologies continue to advance and our population ages in the coming decades, the health care industry is becoming even more ensconced as a vital service to promote and preserve wellness in our communities.
Health Care Job Outlook
The job outlook for the health care industry indicates the significant role it will play in the future. By 2020, health care professions are expected to add 4.4 million jobs. Of these millions of opportunities, four key occupational areas in health care are driving growth:
- Health Information Technology
- Public Health
- Health and Wellness
Health care is the fastest-growing job sector in the country. Overall, health care occupations as a collective group are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2022, a much faster growth rate than the national average. Health care jobs are in demand today and will be through the next several decades.
Education Prepares the Workforce
To make the most of the career opportunities, professionals need to be prepared for the future of health care. To be competitive in the job market, health care workers must be armed with specific, progressive skills and knowledge to manage the changing needs in the industry.
“Innovations in medical science and technology are improving patient outcomes,”says Dr. Leslie Mendoza-Temple, Kaplan University Health and Wellness Advisory Board Member. As a result, “they require a highly skilled workforce,” she explains.
The education you obtain today in health care will prepare you for a future career in a dynamic, thriving profession.
Health Information Technology
“Information technology plays an ever expanding role in health care,” says Kaila Givens, Academic Program Chair of Health Information Management at Kaplan University. Efficient IT solutions to managing clinical data helps health care professionals collaborate, streamline process, and save billions of dollars.
Technological innovations are integral to the growth of health care jobs. “Health information management degrees enable professionals to enhance their competitiveness in this growing field,” says Givens. Health information technology jobs are growing at a rate of 22 percent, much faster that the average rate for other occupations.
Degrees and certificates:
- Master of Health Informatics
- Master of Health Information Management
- Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
- Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
Public Health and Health and Wellness
Public health protects and improves the health of communities both locally and globally. Job opportunities are diverse, meaningful, and growing in demand. An education is key to making a big impact in the public health sector because professionals must find ways to overcome social challenges that affect people’s health.
Degrees and certificates:
- Master of Health Care Administration
- Master of Public Health
- Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness
- Bachelor of Science in Health Science
- Medical Assistant Certificate
- Phlebotomist Certificate
Nursing is one of the most evolving and highly sought-after careers.
“Nurses today are doing more than ever,” says Marie O’Connor, RN, MSN. “We’re preparing to become nurse practitioners, leaders, and educators to guide nursing and health care into the future,” she says.
The demand for skilled nurses in the next decade is driven by the intersection of multiple modern trends in health care: a generation of retiring nurses, a renewed focus on preventative care, the rising need for geriatric care, an increased demand for health services, and a growing reliance on nurses for primary care. As O’Connor says, “It’s an exciting time to be a nurse!”
Degrees and certificates:
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate
- Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
- Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
- Practical Nursing Diploma
Education Grants and Scholarships
Many organizations offer grants and scholarships for professions pursuing the high-growth field of health care. Funds are allocated to help students gain the skills they need to prepare for the future of health care and build a skilled workforce prepared to deliver quality, innovative health care.
- 50/50/50 Grant: For professionals over the age of 50, this grant is provided to help you add or expand your professional skills in health care through degree or certificate programs at Kaplan University. Qualified applicants will receive 50% off tuition costs for health-related degree and certificate programs. Apply today.
- Scholarships for Health Careers: This list of scholarships is cultivated specifically for students studying to enter health professions.
“Working to help people lead healthy lives is a great career choice,” says Mendoza-Temple, “but with medical science and technology advancing so quickly staying ahead of the changes is vital to your career success.”